Church's Nativity Scene Grows Over 40 Years

From the Rockettes to the giant tree at Rockefeller Center, New York glitters with Christmastime traditions. One is a bit off the beaten path: The Nativity scene at St. Athanasius Catholic Church in Brooklyn. It began 40 years ago with an Italian immigrant who created a small display. It has grown, with hundreds of shepherds, peasants and little houses — though still just one baby Jesus.

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Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. From the Rockettes to the giant tree at Rockefeller Center, New York City glitters with Christmastime traditions. One is a bit off the beaten path - the nativity scene in Brooklyn's St. Athanasius Church. It began 40 years ago with an Italian immigrant who created a small nativity scene. It's since sprawled with hundreds of shepherds, peasants, houses, though still just one baby Jesus in his original manger. It's Morning Edition.

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